So, about this counseling thing...
I help people who want to achieve more balance in their life, decrease feelings of depression, and/or navigate difficult life transitions and relationships. My clients typically want to be intentional about processing their emotions and experiences in order to develop coping strategies to create their best future. While simply talking things out can be helpful, I find my clients often gain more from creative activities and experiences that demonstrate the concepts we discuss. My wide range of experience allows me to tailor sessions to meet your individual needs.
I believe strongly in the power of counseling to help improve your life and offer clarity. In my own experience, I know how difficult it can be to make that phone call and allow yourself to be vulnerable with a complete stranger. That's why building a trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with my clients is paramount to my work as a counselor. In this way, I view therapy as a team effort where both the therapist (me) and the client (that might be you!) build trust and then work together to find the most effective methods for achieving your goals. I also try to make it fun and crack a few corny jokes along the way.
It is very important to me to use evidenced-based practices in my work. This means I use techniques that have been proven effective by research. You can read about these techniques below...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - This is the most common approach in mental health services and has been proven to be incredibly effective for most clients. CBT focuses on developing coping strategies for unhelpful patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior. While originally developed for clients with depression, it has been proven effective for a wide range of mental health conditions.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) & trauma competent care - TBRI was developed as a holistic approach to help children overcome the harmful effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma developed by TCU's Institute of Child Development. While this method is aimed at treating children, it also identifies the importance of the caregiver's wellbeing and resolution of their own trauma. This method highlights treating the WHOLE person (mental, emotional, sensory, physical, spiritual, etc) from a place of compassion and understanding.
Mindfulness - While mindfulness and meditation have become "buzzwords" lately, they are very effective coping strategies. Mindfulness is used in many different therapeutic methods and can be modified to fit your personal style. You don't have to say "ohmmm" and sit cross-legged for 30 minutes to practice mindfulness. It can be as simple as taking a moment to really appreciate the taste and texture of the candy in your mouth, or taking 1 minute before getting out of your car at work to take a few deep, relaxing breaths. Meditation is an effective way to gain more self-awareness and peace in your every day life.
Beat Atlanta traffic with my convenient counseling options:
Online Video Counseling
I provide online video counseling sessions which allows you to get the treatment you need without having to leave your home. This makes it easier to fit sessions into your busy schedule. We can have sessions from anywhere that you have an internet connection, video-enabled device, and a private place to talk! I use a HIPAA protected video service to ensure your confidentiality.
This is traditional in-person counseling located at 675 Seminole Ave, Ste 210, Atlanta, GA.
Telephonic counseling offers the same convenience of video counseling, but without the need for an internet connection. While we cannot see each other "face to face," we are still able to discuss what is most important to you.